About the Match
England made a determined comeback into the series with a win in the crucial 3rd ODI by 93 runs to stay alive; they will face Australia in the 4th ODI at Leeds on 11th September. With the series now hanging at 2-1 in favour of the Aussies, the hosts will give it their all to draw level and keep the battle on for another day; the Aussies on the other hand will come out all guns blazing to win the match and series on Friday.
Taylor and Morgan yet again built the innings, this time more confidently as they posted a 119-run partnership for the 3rd wicket to take the total to 300; while Taylor smashed a brilliant century, Morgan supported well with 62 off 56 deliveries to get the scoreboard ticking. Earlier, Jason Roy struck a thunderous 63 off 45 balls to get the innings started on a positive note.
However, it was the bowlers, who pumped up their chances by taking regular wickets and demolishing key partnerships of the opponents to give the team the much-needed victory. Moeen Ali and Plunkett took 3 scalps each while Rashid and Finn claimed 2 wickets apiece to cause the Aussie collapse. Ben Stokes was excellent with his economical bowling and brings his all-rounder talent to the table.
Overall, they have the skills and experience needed in the upcoming match; they will draw confidence from this victory and try to turn the series around with another win.
With Warner out of the squad due to injury, the top order relied on Finch’s hard-hitting techniques but his ouster after scoring 53 off 60 led to a collapse in the slog overs. Smith, Bailey, Maxwell and Marsh couldn’t repeat their performance from the previous matches and the burden fell on Matthew Wade, who scored a well-made 42 but it wasn’t enough to reach the 301 target.
With the ball, they weren’t as sharp as before but they did keep a check on the run-flow of the English batting line-up. Cummins and Maxwell are consistent with their wicket-taking abilities; they took 2 wickets each and pressurised the opponents with a disciplined attack. Starc and Agar took a wicket each while Marsh and Pattinson bring variety to the squad.
The batsmen did well while batting first in the opening two games but they failed in chasing a target in the last match. They still have the edge to dominate the hosts but must be cautious while facing the English attack, which seems to be peaking at the right time.
Both teams have the required resources with bat and ball, who can combine well to dominate the opponent. The victory by a big margin has boosted England’s morale and they will try to draw level with another good performance; however, with a strong batting line-up, which can deliver under pressure, the Aussies will try really hard to come back with a win on Friday and take the series. We think that England will draw level here, largely due to regained confidence and home advantage.